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Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?

January 26, 2015

The latest Brussels Development Briefing n.40 took place in Brussels on 18 February 2015, between 14:00 and 18:00 hrs, on “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?”.

The explosion of digital data offers new technological opportunities for enhancing agricultural development; it has also become a key asset for all economies in the world. By looking at significant trends, approaches and experiences in using open data for food and nutrition security, this Briefing helped to shed light on the impacts of the global data revolution for agriculture.  

The increasing volume of real-time data represents both a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries, and in particular, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Harnessing the opportunities offered by this new digital landscape of open data systems shall be crucial: to meet acute data gaps throughout the value chain; to collect reliable data and statistics; to accurately plan and influence policies and interventions; to benefit from private-public partnerships, especially in the food industry; to inform  global development efforts, donor decisions, and policy.  

The audience of 120 key stakeholders included ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.

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